Half of Urologists Unaware of New, More Sensitive Prostate Cancer Tests, Survey Shows

Half of Urologists Unaware of New, More Sensitive Prostate Cancer Tests, Survey Shows
Half of urologists are unaware of newer, more sensitive biomarker tests for detecting prostate cancer, according to a survey of 300 of the specialists worldwide. The new tests reduce the need for invasive prostate biopsies. They also allow doctors to identify early-on those patients whose cancer is likely to turn aggressive. Dr. Nicolaas Lumen, head of the Urology Clinic at University Hospital Gent in Belgium, presented the findings at the Global Congress on Prostate Cancer in Lisbon, Portugal, June 28-30. He noted that while responses to the survey came from around the world, most of the participants were European urologists. His keynote presentation, "Biomarkers in 2017," revealed that nearly 50 percent of urologists do not recommend a diagnostic biomarker test to their patients. The reason for this low percentage, according to the survey, was that many don't know about the tests. Ninety percent of the 300 urologists said they would use the tests if the diagnostic tools allowed them to rule out cancer with 98 percent certainty, however. "The results of this survey highlighted that urologists are more familiar with older biomarker tests like PCA3 that do not have such a high NPV [negative predictive value] for significant prostate cancer," Lumen said in a press release. "The new generation biomarker tests are more accurate to identify clinically significant prostate cancer and are valuable tools for further risk assessm
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